July 31: Pine Box Boys and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Activist and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader speaks about efforts across the political spectrum to fight the influence of big corporations on politics and public policy. [6 p.m., Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California St., S.F.]

Lectures

Film talk: Liberian-born filmmaker Cheryl Dunye speaks at a screening of her newest film, “Mommy is Coming,” a raunchy comedy that follows frustrated lovers in Berlin’s cultural underground. Dunye is an associate professor at California College of the Arts. [7 p.m., Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Dangerous reads: The Is That A Gun in Your Pocket? Book Club discusses “The One from the Other: A Bernie Gunther Novel” by Philip Kerr. [7 a.m., Books Inc., 1375 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame]

At the public library

Scribble Bots: Youths are invited to experiment with motorized contraptions that draw crazy patterns on paper. [11 a.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

IPad lesson: Chinese-language session shows iPad users how to make their devices speak Mandarin. [1:15 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Making jewelry: Chelsee Robinson leads a jewelry-making workshop for youths ages 12-18. All materials are provided. [4 p.m., Bayview Branch, 5075 Third St., S.F.]

Internet Archive: Learn about the library’s work with the Internet Archive, a San Francisco nonprofit that seeks to catalog the Internet and preserve knowledge of all types. [6:30 p.m., DIGI Center, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Horn tribute: Pianist and vocalist Dena DeRose, whose career was temporarily derailed by carpal tunnel syndrome, performs music by National Endowment of the Arts jazz master Shirley Horn. [7:30 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford]

Local activities

Funk and more: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, of Asheville, N.C., brings its funk sound to San Francisco. [9:30 p.m., Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore St., S.F.]

NightLife: “BigPicture” is the theme of this week’s museum night for grown-ups, with activities including a pop-up photo exhibit and the experience of flight with a bird’s-eye view, courtesy of Oculus Rift virtual reality gear. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Run for it: The Summer Evening Race Series continues with a dash around Lake Merced; runners are encouraged to complete the 4.5-mile course within an hour. [6:30 p.m., Sunset Boulevard parking lot, S.F.]

Old-timey Doom rock

The Bay Area-based Pine Box Boys sing hard songs about even harder living, tapping the old-school country music tradition of songs with a body count. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Events

Valley secrets: Silicon Valley insider Katherine Maxfield discusses her newest book, “Starting Up Silicon Valley: How ROLM Became a Cultural Icon and Fortune 500 Company.” [7 p.m., Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View]

Comedy: Adam Newman, who has appeared on “Late Show With David Letterman” and his own half-hour special on Comedy Central, performs stand-up. Chris Garcia and Nicole Calasich are also on the bill. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Peninsula art: Works by Sara Frucht, including landscapes and still lifes, are on display. [Mildred Owens Concert Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard, Pacifica]

Rock show: Sister Speak plays songs from its latest album, “Rise Up For Love,” and more. Goldenboy featuring The New Familiar is also on the bill. [9 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

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